The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?

2. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?

3. What was unsettling, to Socrates, about the conversation he had with Euthyphro?

4. What made Socrates sure that he had been doing Apollo's will?

5. How did Grecian authors use Socrates' character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

2. What do Socrates' friends say about suicide, and the preservation of life, in the "Phaedo"?

3. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

4. What is the philosophical subject of Book 4?

5. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

6. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

7. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

8. What is written in Book 5, Chapter 1, about risking the loss of one's life?

9. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

10. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates refuted the idea that he was wise and claimed that the only way in which he might be exceptionally wise is in acknowledging the extent of his own ignorance and uncovering that of others. Do you agree that this is a very specific type of wisdom? Do you agree that this is the only type of wisdom that Socrates possessed? Why or why not? Do you think he was sincere in his assessment of his own ignorance? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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